Utah Utes football: Offense hits on all cylinders in blowout win over Rams

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  • the ma-hoo
    Oct. 23, 2008 7:21 p.m.

    go #77

  • re sanity
    Oct. 20, 2008 10:13 a.m.

    the title of your post was completely misleading! peaked too soon? Lost at a good time? When you are trying to bust the bcs, you cant lose at a good time! Especially to a conference opponent who now sits atop the standings! And at least byu has some glory days? You mean 1984 right? What mwc team has done what byu is trying to do (not to mention doing it this decade)? I'd say Utah has some glory days, and guess what, the entire utah team was ALIVE when it happened, and some were in uniform! Next time begin the title of your post with "in" and save us the disappointment of thinking we would be reading a quality post.

  • BYU/UTAH fan
    Oct. 19, 2008 10:42 p.m.

    The best thing for BYU is for UTAH to Beat TCU and BYU. For Utah to get into the BCS they need to be undeafeated, if not, the node will go to Boise State. So BYU fans trade in your Blue for RED and rout for UTAH, it is in your best interest and in the best interest of the conference.

  • re: re: Re: Just Like the Last 2
    Oct. 19, 2008 8:25 p.m.

    HA!HA!HA! I love it!! I expect that we will be able to say that more come 11/22!

  • re:BelgiumUTE
    Oct. 19, 2008 8:19 p.m.

    I agree completely!!

  • re: Sanity
    Oct. 19, 2008 8:05 p.m.

    BYU lost at a bad time. They would've been much better if they lost when TCU did. TCU has only a few rankings to climb. BYU is so far back, that it is extremely unlikely enough teams will lose for BYU to rise in the rankings enough to qualify. By the way, great teams don't peak, they keep getting better. Expect Utah to peak in the BCS bowl it will play in.

  • re: Still a Possibility
    Oct. 19, 2008 7:59 p.m.

    Anything is possible, but it would be extremely unlikely. TCU would have to lose. Utah would be the likely candidate, but then 11/22 looks scary for you, and less scary for us Ute fans. On top of that Tulsa, Boise State, and every BCS school between BYU and #11 would have to lose out. If some of the schools below #11 lose, then you might have some wiggle room, but they will probably have to lose bad, or lose twice for them to drop below BYU. A non-BCS school has to be in the top 12, or the winner of a conference has to be ranked 17 or lower, and the non-BCS school has to be ranked higher. This is more likely. The ACC and Big East need to keep losing to each other so that none of them are ranked. This is really tough because there is an obvious BCS bias. Look at how USC jumped in the polls when they beat Oregon, and Oregon is now unranked. You won't see BYU or Utah jump up like that. The non-BCS schools need to be perfect, or at least lose early like TCU.

  • Re: Just Like the Last 2 Years
    Oct. 19, 2008 6:14 p.m.

    I have 4 words for you...

    Hall to Sanders...OOPS!!

  • What?
    Oct. 19, 2008 4:21 p.m.

    "The home field advantage is generally worth 3-6 points. I'm pretty sure Utah won by more than 13 points."

    Huh? Did you do a study on that or somethin? Seriously, you just pulled those numbers out of sumewhere unpleasant

  • Just Like the Last 2 Yeras
    Oct. 19, 2008 4:04 p.m.

    I recall Ute Fans running their mouths about how "utah cant be stopped, they have won 8 in row" and all that last year. Please Ute fans, continue to talk now, because just like the last 2 years, the talk ends NOV. 22nd!

    Harline's still open, 4th and 18- You know the drill Ute fans. What will it be this year? BJ throws a 99 yard pick to lose the game?

  • BelgiumUTE
    Oct. 19, 2008 3:09 p.m.

    SOME of the BYU and Utah fans here are amazingly class-less. From the Utes perspective: Who cares how BYU did if you are Utah fan? Why get so much enjoyment over seeing our MWC teams fall? Dumb. I enjoy watching BYU fall . . . WHEN THEY PLAY MY TEAM.

    I laugh when I read BYU fans saying how the Utes identity depends on BYU . . . you are still referring back to 1984. What have you done lately? Living in the past gets you nothing besides nothing in the future. The "Quest" thing was a dumb marketing stunt. This defined success too one dimensionally . . . by their own standard, BYU has already failed, BCS bowl or not. One loss = failure . . . and this was not decided by a Ute, but by BYU people.

    Bottom line is that we should be celebrating (although BYU fans may not feel like it right now) that the MWC has 3 decent teams in the Top 20.

    Utes: Stay focused, ignore the polls and keep improving.

    BYU: Get re-focused, get over the loss and win the rest of your games . . . except the Utah game.

  • Travis
    Oct. 19, 2008 3:05 p.m.

    Interesting reaction by U fans. The U has a great winning streak, and their reaction is a dig at BYU? I've never seen a similar sign at a BYU game, and they've had several longer winning streaks. At the time, BYU had their minds on a bigger prize, not their rival Utah. Now I live in AZ and I've never seen a similar sign at an ASU or UofA game, and that rivalry is every bit as heated as the U and BYU. U fans should mature up a bit and not act like their game against BYU is a end all championship game every year.

  • davidutefan
    Oct. 19, 2008 2:46 p.m.

    Let's not get too overconfident. We could still lose a game or two if we're not careful. Prepatre for one game at a time and everything will be fine.Utah 34 TDS 7.

  • Re:realistic
    Oct. 19, 2008 2:43 p.m.

    The home field advantage is generally worth 3-6 points. I'm pretty sure Utah won by more than 13 points.

  • re: NV Ute
    Oct. 19, 2008 1:49 p.m.

    Actually, the BCS has no rule on the record. The team just needs to be in the top 12. They can also get in if the BCS champion is not ranked 16 or better. I would think that is quite plausible, but there is some serious BCS bias going on. The ACC lost its two teams in the rankings, and three took their place. South Florida and Pitt are getting a lot of credit for the Big East. I'm betting OSU will show up for the PAC 10 soon.

  • re: AZ BYU FAN
    Oct. 19, 2008 1:45 p.m.

    Thanks. I'm happy to see another Y fan with some absolute class. I do expect that BYU will get their BCS due some day. I just wished that their would be a playoff, so that they could actually contend for a championship when that's a possibility. I don't think the Utes are at that level, but they could get there. I think the 2004 Utes were at that level, and got rooked.

  • re:cougar fan
    Oct. 19, 2008 1:41 p.m.

    Thanks. You show that there are some BYU fans that can show true class.

  • RE Sanity
    Oct. 19, 2008 1:38 p.m.

    At "lease" BYU has some glory days eh? Tell me this then, overall who has the most wins between the 2 teams? Isn't the U up by about 20? Hmmmm, that tells me that we have plenty of glory days over the boo-gars.

  • re: Serious Question
    Oct. 19, 2008 1:32 p.m.

    At this point, I'd say the 2004 team was the better team. They would've won the National Championship if there was a playoff. Auburn and Utah should've played in the National Championship. USC and Oklahoma were overrated. Oklahoma more so than USC since USC killed them. That said, it doesn't mean that this team can't continue improving, and be a National Championship caliber team by the end of the season. Peaking at the right time is very important, and Utah is definitely showing progress in that area. I see Utah beating the ACC or Big East champion easily. Heck, I think TCU and even BYU could win them. I think Utah could beat Ohio State who would be the Rose Bowl fill-in for Penn State since I see them playing for the National Championship. I also think we can play and win USC or the SEC champion (Florida or Alabama). Florida lost to Mississippi. Alabama had a close game against KY and against Mississippi. That said, we have to keep improving, or we could easily lose to Ohio State, USC, Alabama or FL if we play like we did at the beginning of the season.

  • bout time
    Oct. 19, 2008 1:30 p.m.

    You mean the offense actually clicked for the first time this season against...CSU... not sure I'd hold that one up as a plus.

  • no brain.
    Oct. 19, 2008 1:29 p.m.

    I'm not a betting man but I'm pretty sure TCU was looking way past CSU to their matchup the week after. Whoops did I state the obvious.

  • re: I am lucky
    Oct. 19, 2008 1:24 p.m.

    I agree. I only want BYU to lose one more game, and that is against Utah! I only want TCU to lose one more game as well!

  • Re: Sanity
    Oct. 19, 2008 1:23 p.m.

    it's funny...last week, most would say Utah offense better get their acts together and play consistently. Now you said Utah peaks already?

    I think we're just seeing what Utah is capable of on both sides --offense and defense.
    Hopefully, with a week off before New Mexico, Utah can further fine-tune its offense and prepare for both New Mexico as well as TCU since there is a short week between NM game and TCU game.
    PLUS: Utah is not in any kind of a "QUEST" here. Utah knows what's happened to BYU if it looks too far a head to a BCS bowl.

    Can't wait for 11/6.


  • re: Ute Fans Boasting
    Oct. 19, 2008 1:23 p.m.

    I agree completely!

  • re: Matt
    Oct. 19, 2008 1:19 p.m.

    I agree. BYU losing didn't help us. I wanted Utah to knock off BYU at the very end of the season. That said, it was good for TCU and the MWC. We now have three ranked teams. A BYU win would've knocked TCU out of the rankings. They should've been back in the rankings long ago. Now they are about where they should be. I hope that Utah beats them. I'm pretty positive we can. I hope they still stay ranked afterwards because they are probably one of the the top 15 teams in the nation who just happened to run into Oklahoma and Utah (I hope) for losses.

  • re: BigCoug
    Oct. 19, 2008 1:11 p.m.

    It is refreshing to see some quality Cougar fans out there. I have to admit that I cheer you guys on when you're not playing us. Thanks for showing some true class!

  • re: I hate both fan bases
    Oct. 19, 2008 1:08 p.m.

    Now who is talking arrogant? The SEC is definitely in a down year. Florida looks like they will win the SEC, and they lost to Mississippi. Alabama has had two very close games. They almost lost to Mississippi and KY! LSU looked pretty good until they played a decent team, and then Florida exposed that LSU was overrated. Oh, and Georgia is also overrated. I expect them and Alabama to lose to Florida. The National Championship will come down to Texas and Penn State. I think the MWC champion can beat the ACC and Big East champions. I also expect that they will beat Ohio State (Penn State's fill in at the Rose Bowl), and probably USC. I think Florida would also go down.

  • re: Ute fan in OH
    Oct. 19, 2008 1:02 p.m.

    I agree, the team needs to work on the penalties. That can cost us a close game. They've been pretty clean the last few weeks. What happened this week?

  • re: realistic
    Oct. 19, 2008 12:56 p.m.

    Utah gets TCU at home also, so I think you could based on the fact that CSU, BYU and Utah have the attitude advantage over TCU when at home. That said, TCU's QB was out two games prior to the BYU game, so the TCU/CSU comparison is messed up by that considerably.

  • re: Prediction
    Oct. 19, 2008 12:52 p.m.

    You're smoking something! This Utah team learned the results of overconfidence last year with UNLV. Yeah, you might see a little swagger, but it is nothing compared to many Y fans who acted like BYU was National Championship caliber this year! Please! Without much improvement, TCU, BYU and even Utah wouldn't stand a prayer in a National Championship game. I do think we got rooked in 2004 as I think we were the best team then. We could still be if the team takes it a game at a time, and keeps improving. Peaking at the right time is what it is all about!

  • re: I love it.
    Oct. 19, 2008 12:46 p.m.

    Think about those last two games. BYU won both in the last seconds. I think Utah had the better team in 2006, and BYU had the better team in 2007. I think we have the better team this year, and I think your luck has run out! Expect a game more like 2004 or 2005 for score, and more like 2004 for end results (BCS bowl for UTAH)!

  • re: Laguna Niguel Ute
    Oct. 19, 2008 12:42 p.m.

    Good point about being humble and taking it one game at a time. The Y fans sure had a lot of crow to eat, what with not only talking about beating TCU and Utah, but their BCS talk and even some National Championship talk! NM is scary. They hurt us in 2003, and I think they were the ones that injured Brian Johnson in 2005! I expect a win, but overconfidence will bite us if we allow it. TCU should be the toughest game of the season. A win over TCU will make me feel good about beating BYU, but if we get overconfident because of a TCU win, I'll bet BYU beat us. One game at a time with the expectation that we can be beat by each opponent if we are not careful! GO UTES!!

  • Dog
    Oct. 19, 2008 12:39 p.m.

    Don't get too smug Utes. New Mexico looms very large on the horizon after playing BYU tough and trouncing San Diego. And they love to knock off Utah.

  • re re coug fan
    Oct. 19, 2008 12:35 p.m.

    Initially I thought you were just talking about beating BYU, and I was going to point out that we won in 2005. Then I realized you were talking about the record at the time, and I agree, 2004 is the better analogy!

  • re: Ernest T. Bass
    Oct. 19, 2008 12:30 p.m.

    I like BYU, but I have to dispute that contention. TCU has one loss, and I think they made it pretty apparent that they were the better team. Unfortunately, Oklahoma beat theam, and they have one loss, so I would say that Oklahoma is the best one loss team.

  • re: Washington Ute
    Oct. 19, 2008 12:26 p.m.

    I love the red tie! Hope you get to wear it every week through the season, and the Sunday after New Years! I think it would be too much to hope for the week after that, but hey, with the right amount of upsets, it is possible. I just wouldn't want it unless they are ready for that level. I would expect the Utes, Boise State, TCU and BYU to be able to win the Big East champion, or the ACC champion. I even think the PAC 10 champion or SEC champion looks winnable, though, I think that would be in doubt a bit. Penn State, Texas or Oklahoma look scary without a lot of improvement. KEEP IT UP UTAH! That said, forget the BCS talk, and focus on NM. They have screwed things up in the past. 2003 comes to mind. I also think they were the team that put Brian out of commission for many months! One game at a time!

  • Sanity
    Oct. 19, 2008 12:19 p.m.

    BYU will beat a one loss Utah team in November. Utah is peaking too early and BYU couldn't have lost at a better time. With 5 games left I would look for BYU to win out and end up still in the top 12. Utah will drop at least one game between now and the BYU game. Utah has had a gradual climb to their best game of the season. They will have a major let down soon. It happens to most good teams. BYU played great against UCLA and has had problems since. They will regroup this week and the rest will be history... As for Cougar glory days.... At lease BYU has some glory days.

  • Anonymous
    Oct. 19, 2008 11:56 a.m.

    cougs keep living the glory days. 1984 woo national championship? did they even have the bcs system back then? i believe not!! so keep living it up because you havent done anything in the past 10 yrs

  • Still a Possibility
    Oct. 19, 2008 11:40 a.m.

    11/22 could still be a winner to the BCS contest. If all non-BCS teams ahead of BYU other than Utah lose and if BYU destroys teams and moves up the polls this could still be a winner takes all game.

    But if a BYU win over an undefeated Utah team still does not put BYU into a BCS game then I would prefer Utah to the BCS and another solid 11-2 season for the Cougs.

    It all depends on how far BYU falls in the polls and what teams like TCU and BSU do the rest of the season.

  • Re: Laughing BYU fan
    Oct. 19, 2008 11:09 a.m.

    Couldn't agree more. Gotta wonder about the psyche of your football fans when a poster about BYU is involved in a game where BYU is not even there. I guess you can only be a Utah fan if BYU doesn't do as well as the Utes.


  • SCAT
    Oct. 19, 2008 11:09 a.m.

    All of you lame Utah fans act like the season is over now just because you beat Colorado, and BYU lost to TCU. Get over your selves you still have a lot of games left. And what is with the fans and that BYU poster they made, do you guys ever just think about anything else different other than what BYU is doing? Utah fans are truely the most pathetic ones!

  • Anonymous
    Oct. 19, 2008 10:49 a.m.

    my poll utah 12 tcu 15 byu 17

  • Anonymous
    Oct. 19, 2008 10:15 a.m.

    BYU fans don;t be jeolous just because your season is a waste,by your standards don't worry the Las Vegas bowl will still have a spot for yoU. We will keep taking it one day at a time.

  • Bob2
    Oct. 19, 2008 9:45 a.m.

    Classy Fan 101--Todays lesson "Posting like a real football fan instead of a WWF reject fan.

    "If one has ragged on Coach Ludwig in 37 consecutive postings, one should post the following this morning,.."

    "Great game, Coach! Keep 'em coming!!"

  • NM Score
    Oct. 19, 2008 9:31 a.m.

    Your right NM did score 70 points yesterday, even though it was at home. Since they play Utah at home, and to score 70 against any one is a great job.

    But if you look at the stats, they did almost all of it on the ground. So for those that say Utah's defence is weak in the secondary this is should be a good sign. So I'm not saying Utah will win or lose the game, but that is at least one thing in are favor after looking at the score of the game.

  • ludwig was missing
    Oct. 19, 2008 9:25 a.m.

    I also thought the play calling was consistent with a well thought out game plan this week. With Johnson struggling in the past few games, I never understood why Ludwig was making the calls he did. Saturday that changed for the most part. If we get a big lead into the fourth, we'd love to see Louks get a shot at one drive as if the game were close (i.e. a few passes mixed in with the runs). I'm a little worried for next year and think we should take the opportunities when they present themselves.

    Great game Utes on both sides of the ball. Work on improving special teams play and cut down on the silly penalties and we're as good as 12-0!!!

    GO UTES!!!

  • Mark in Peoria
    Oct. 19, 2008 9:20 a.m.

    As a Ute fan I gotta say...there is a lot of football left to play. Let's not start counting chicks before they are hatched (for once I agree with Craig James).

    And be mindful. The Cougars are not a bad team because they lost on Thursday. That game showed how tough TCU is and how BYU can falter on the road. But RES isn't exactly "the road" for BYU. And the Utes get TCU on a short week.

    So, while I say "Go Utes" it's better to stay humble until the pie is served to you on a platter.

    This Week:
    BYU 42
    UNLV 14

    Fresno St. 37
    Utah State 7

    Upset Special:
    Weber St. 23
    N. Arizona 21

  • NV Ute
    Oct. 19, 2008 9:18 a.m.

    re: Serious question and answers to the question -
    re: Serious question and the answers to that question - I think Utah has more weapons on offense this year than in '04; they just aren't as consistent; that might be because the offensive line was consistently better that year. As for the defense, I think the interior part of the line was bigger and stronger than this year, but our defensive ends are much better and our interior linemen are more athletic. Our linebackers are much faster and I think we are deeper. As for the DBs, contrary to a prior post, I think they usually cover quite well. The biggest problem is when McCain gets fooled into coming up to support the run and then the QB throws to his wide open man. Other than that, our DBs are fast, athletic and they execute, for the most part. Dale is great in run support and pass coverage and Sean Smith is so athletic with good size that he is deceptive with his coverage. The crowning difference is King Louie - our punting and field-goal units are much better because of Sakoda than the '04 team.

  • NV Ute
    Oct. 19, 2008 9:13 a.m.

    re: End of Season Predictions - if you think TCU is going to go undefeated in the conference, who is there 2nd loss going to be against? Also, the BCS mandates (as far as I have seen) that non-BCS schools must be undefeated which means that TCU wouldn't qualify for a BCS bowl. I think you are wrong anyway, Utah is the most balanced team in the conference and would compare favorably to many big-time programs with all of their weapons on offense - they just need to execute - which is questionable on any give Saturday until we see some consistency.

  • Home Field Advantage
    Oct. 19, 2008 8:48 a.m.

    People forget that TCU played CSU in the altitude in a cold and sloppy stadium. Check the weather and game summary. Very different then a smoldering low altitude Texas stadium. No excuses, but the 13-7 win over CSU was plagued from the beginning. CSU at TCU = blowout.

    The same goes for Utah. Every hard game they have is at home, Ok state, TCU, BYU. The Utes should be praising their scheduler...it couldn't have been easier.

    Oct. 19, 2008 8:27 a.m.

    Great game Utah. I hope you make it to the BCS. I for one am supporting you. It would be nice to see Boise and Utah make it, win and change things. Good Luck. BYU will.... some year. Go Big BLUE.

  • Re: Rose Bowl baby! | 1:46AM
    Oct. 19, 2008 8:20 a.m.

    Don't count out OSU. May be it's the team that qualifies for Rose Bowl and not USC. Remember they defeated USC, so I think if both finish tied, OSU will go to Rose Bowl. Ofcourse, USC will go to other BCS bowl.

  • re: cougar fan | 7:45 am
    Oct. 19, 2008 8:17 a.m.

    Now that's a cougar fan who is not afraid to have and show his/her logical mind.
    I like that.


  • On the hill
    Oct. 19, 2008 7:53 a.m.

    B Y who ???????????????????????

  • cougar fan
    Oct. 19, 2008 7:45 a.m.

    I hate to say it but I think the utes will be in a major BCS bowl on Jan 1st.

    They are looking unbeatable! KW has them in prime comdidtion.

    Still, the Y will give them a test on Nov 22.

  • nottyou
    Oct. 19, 2008 7:30 a.m.

    The Utes are mighty and strong. The Cougars have no chance against them. Just record the victory now over BYU and enjoy 9-0 right now. The mighty Utes shall conquer all. We kneel before you and praise your goodness and superiority. Oh, and remember, when they flush the world it will go down through Rice Eccles Stadium.

  • Tar Heel
    Oct. 19, 2008 5:46 a.m.

    Good game, good two games - unfortunately against teams that the Utes should beat. But that is improvement from last year.

    UNM and TCU looked very similar and exceptional in their recent wins over UNLV and BYU. Very athletic and well coached. The Ute coaches are looking at the film and seeing broad based attacks - much like Utahs - no real stars - everybody touches the ball.

    These two next games give scare me, but I'll bet they will be entertaining. BYU was laid bare and one dimensional against TCU's rush defense - will be interesting to see BYU over the next three games prior to AFA and Utah to close. I'll be at the BYU-AFA game.

    Now we have a BYU team who's gone to ground, a little humble, probably a little meaner, and more focused. The Utes are the team to talk about - a cautionary tale - up against UNM and TCU both who have had good luck busting the Utes bubble in the past.

    Should see what both the Utes and Cougars are made of before they meet in November.

  • My analysis
    Oct. 19, 2008 2:05 a.m.

    Well, it looks like the Utes all had their magical "Quest for Perfection" coins with them- magic definitely happened yesterday. I think Austin Collie accidentally left his in Provo when byu went to Texas. I'm glad the Utes are doing the right things on and off the field. Did you see how the Lord stepped in and helped Corbin Louks run all the way down it? I though I saw Him throw a few blocks but my TEVO wasn't working so I couldn't verify.

  • laughing BYU fan
    Oct. 19, 2008 2:00 a.m.

    Nice poster, Ute fans. As a BYU fan, I admit your team is clearly better than ours at this point.

    It's nice to see that despite your success, your identity is still largely based on not being BYU.

  • Rose Bowl baby!
    Oct. 19, 2008 1:46 a.m.

    USC vs Penn State in the National Championship leaves a Pac-10 whole and a Big Ten hole.

    There are no other ranked Pac-10 teams, and Utah will eventually be in the Pac-10, as in the Twelve Pac(k), so...

    It's going to be Utah vs a Big Ten team, most likely Ohio State. How sweet it will be!! Get your hotel reservations in now!

  • Cougs, this is what
    Oct. 19, 2008 1:44 a.m.

    8-0 looks like!!! Ha ha. Hilarious poster. I love it.

    Oct. 19, 2008 1:16 a.m.

    Typical Cougar fans are at it again. GO UTES!

  • re: Serious Question
    Oct. 19, 2008 12:33 a.m.

    I still think the 2004 team could've won the national championship if they were given the opportunity through a playoff. I think Auburn and Utah were the better teams. USC and Oklahoma had squeakers again two unranked teams each. Auburn had a squeaker against Tenn, who was ranked. Utah had no squeakers. They seemed to play better ball than anybody else, including USC, Oklahoma and Auburn.

    I don't think the 2008 team could win in a championship game, and I would hope that we would play the ACC or Big East Champion. I would even take USC, or Alabama. The SEC is overrated this year. If Penn State plays in the National Championship, I think we could take Ohio State. I think the National Championship will come down between Penn State and Texas. I do not want Utah facing OK in a BCS bowl. If Utah could play consistent on offense like they did today, without the interception, then I think we would have a chance against OK, TX or Penn State. I think we would kill anybody else if we played consistent like we did against CSU.

  • Re: Re: The Hailstorm
    Oct. 19, 2008 12:12 a.m.

    Locker was an average running qb on the worst team in the PAC 10. He threw ONE touchdown pass this year, against byu. With or without Locker Washington is a pathetic team this year. Don't try to say that Locker would have beaten a good Oregon State team today.... Washington would have still lost by double digits.

    Bottom line: byu scheduled Washington and UCLA thinking they would be strong opponents. At the time they scheduled them they were stronger programs than they are today. The U and the y schedules are very similar each year. SOS is a crap-shoot because the schedules are set usually several years in advance. Utah's schedule is stronger so far this year but by the end of the season the gap will get closer as they play the same teams in MWC games.

    I'm sick of Ute fans focusing on Washington and UCLA results and y fans focusing on Michigan and Oregon State results. Oregon State is probably the only one of the four that will be bowl eligible by season's end.

  • Re: Serious Question
    Oct. 19, 2008 12:01 a.m.

    I wouldn't say no comparison. '08 team has better athletes, on both sides of the the ball, but especially on offense. Difference is in coaching, mostly as manifested in discipline. '04 team played to its potential, and sometimes above it, for most of that season. BYU and Air Force gave them some problems, but I agree--you always thought they could win against anyone. This '08 team is just not as focused. If they were ever to show the kind of focus the '04 team did, I think they could play with anyone and win more often than not.

  • CTR
    Oct. 18, 2008 11:53 p.m.

    Did anyone read the article? Coach Wittinghams team will not talk about the BCS rankings! Thank you! BYU is one game, and the UTES season is not determined good or bad by one game! It's great to see them playing so well.

  • New Mexico threat
    Oct. 18, 2008 11:47 p.m.

    The last time the Utes were 8-0 and headed to play at New Mexico was 1994. The 9th-ranked Utes jumped out to a 21-0 lead and then went scoreless the rest of the way, losing to the Lobos 23-21.

    Utah - take note and let's not do that again.

  • Re: End of Season Predictions
    Oct. 18, 2008 11:47 p.m.

    The Utes would crush the Buckeyes. The only team in the Big 10 worth anything is Penn St.

    I can't believe you actually want a rematch with USC after getting smoked by them earlier this season. The Buckeyes aren't in their league or the Utes for that matter.

  • AZ BYU Fan
    Oct. 18, 2008 11:46 p.m.

    Congrats on a great win. Keep it up.

    I will not read all the comments as they make me sick on both sides. Bottom line a great team won today and I love to see great teams win.

    Grew up Red Graduated Blue. Lived in Fort Collins for 12 years. So I have some Green too.

    Great win.

  • Re: Serious Question
    Oct. 18, 2008 11:24 p.m.

    No comparison. When the 04 offense had the ball, you knew they were going to score. When the 04 defense was on the field, you knew they were going to get sacks. You felt the 04 team could beat any team in the nation. The 08 defense gives up too many long pass plays - slow DBs. The 08 offense is too inconsistent. You feel like the 08 team can't compete with any of the teams ranked above it, or several ranked below it. But we cheer and hope just the same. Go Utes.

  • Re: The Hailstorm:
    Oct. 18, 2008 11:17 p.m.

    Did you also notice that Locker is out for the season. He's UW's whole team.

  • Arizona?
    Oct. 18, 2008 11:15 p.m.

    Anyone see the AZ win over Cal? The Pac-10 is messed up.

  • End of Season Predictions:
    Oct. 18, 2008 11:13 p.m.

    Coming from Big Ten Country, this is how I see your MWC churning out.

    TCU: 10-2. They go undefeated in your conference, go to a BCS game (as everyone in the country now knows that they deserve more than any other mid-major--forget Tulsa, Boise, and Ball State--Utah will play them good, but TCU is too powerful when well prepared and they are extremely well coached), then lose a close game to a great Big 12 team.

    Utah: 10-2. Losses to TCU and BYU. Huge bowl game win over mediocre Conf USA team.

    BYU: This is a hard one to cough up. 11-1: They squeak by Utah on a last second play, once again. They go to the wimpy bowl in Vegas and barely beat a terrible PAC-10 team.

    Go Buckeyes--rematch with USC in a BCS bowl.

  • TheHailstorm
    Oct. 18, 2008 11:05 p.m.

    Random observations
    Suppose the Utes split the next four games, then ;
    Notice the trend here ?
    I can appreciate Coach Kyle all the more.
    I hope that he is the Jerry Sloan of Utah football as I believe he will continue to the Utah into National.
    This was a very well played game and yet I read in the comments BYU writers still living in the dream worlds, of the would have, could have , and should have, then makes insipid making comments even though BYU stumbles big time and Utah kicks bit again. I am looking forward to the BCS polls tommorrow.
    The MWC teams should reverse all three places with BYU in the 20's, TCU in Utah's spot @ # 13, and Utah moving into the top ten.
    For the record BYU fans should pay attention to today's Pac Ten game of Oregon State/ Washington game. The Beavers win big time over Washington.
    Where the, " Campus is their Universe ", My advise to the kitty club writing all this worthless dribble is
    to save their wind for the hot soup !

  • Re: Serious Question
    Oct. 18, 2008 11:01 p.m.

    In my opinion this team has more offensive weapons, but has not been able to put it together as well as the '04 team. '04 had a better offense. Everything they did worked.

    Defense - I think this team is better in the socondary, but that team was probably better up front. Overall I'd say pretty even on defense.

    Could they hang with/beat some of the top teams in the nation? On any given Saturday, right. I think our defense could keep us in games with those teams, but we'd have a tough time scoring. My sense is that there are quite a few teams in the country that are better, but we could be competitive.

  • Two losses?
    Oct. 18, 2008 10:50 p.m.

    I won't go as far as to say we have two losses coming up, but I admit, our next two foes worry me. Perhaps some folks, like me, are a little worried about our coach saying we have a better team than 2004 and we're just getting by in the last quarter against some not so great opponents. Whittingham will have to finish off the year to convince me.

  • Serious Question
    Oct. 18, 2008 10:39 p.m.

    I'd love some serious comments from fans who follow the Utes more closely than I do...

    How does the team this year compare to the BCS team led by Alex Smith? Could they really compete with a quality BCS opponent (i.e., anyone but the Big East or ACC champion?)?

    Its hard to argue with 7-0, but I've been surprised at how close some of their games have been this year against some pretty weak opponents. I know everyone wants their team to get to a BCS game, so I think its great how excited the fanbase is about controlling their own destiny. I would just love to get some commentary on how the Utes might compare against a quality BCS opponent like a Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, etc. My sense is that they would get their lunch handed to them by those types of teams, but I thought I would see what others think.

  • I am lucky
    Oct. 18, 2008 10:38 p.m.

    Attended both schools and have spent a lot of time at the Huntsman and UofU hospital because of medical issue. I love both schools for different reason so I am just lucky they both have had great teams the past 3 1/2 years.

    Good luck Utah for a BCS bid.

    BYU please only lose one more game this year.

  • Ute Fans Boasting
    Oct. 18, 2008 10:37 p.m.

    I'm a big Ute fan. Season ticket holder. I don't like the TDS. One of the main reasons for this is their constant chest beating whenever they have a good team.

    Our team is good. They just played a great game. Do we want to look foolish if they have a bad game an lose? BYU fans looked foolish, some were humbled, some continued to beat their chest.

    Yes, we should be happy. Should we declare our team MWC Champs and BCS bound, absolutely not. Should we make fun of stupid t-shirts and slogans? Absolutely!

  • to "Oh Great!"
    Oct. 18, 2008 10:34 p.m.

    Nice try little brother y fan. Enjoy one of your final two wins next week with UNLV coming to town. Don't be surprised when they give you a tough game. Your team will finish 8-4 with losses at CSU, Air Force and Utah. Ohhhhhhhh, I mean 8-5, I forgot your team can't win bowl games.

  • Sherlock Holmes
    Oct. 18, 2008 10:28 p.m.

    Huh? Oh, don't mind me, just crawling through here looking for a Ute comment that shows any slight bit of class.....still looking...op, there's one...
    Just one? Sigh...
    Wait hold on don't throw it...no! Sportsmanship has just been thrown out the window. Such a shame....

  • Re: Oh Great
    Oct. 18, 2008 10:26 p.m.

    Wishful thinking from a Kewgar!!! Not going to happen though.

    GO UTES!!!

  • CSU Scheme
    Oct. 18, 2008 10:09 p.m.

    Great win for Utah, but I think CSU hurt themselves by not blitzing more and trying to pressure BJ. Seems CSU tried to drop 7 or sometimes 8, and that never works. Nonetheless, I agree Ludwig called a much better game and the Utes were very impressive, over a team that gave TCU fits.

  • Oh Great!
    Oct. 18, 2008 10:01 p.m.

    We get New Mexico and TCU next. Here come our first two losses of the season. Whit can't beat NM at home and no one else is going to stop TCU this year. We better hope the y doesn't recover or this season is going to be long.

  • danburtreynolds
    Oct. 18, 2008 9:51 p.m.

    RE: New Mexico

    You're right, that game scares me as well. Urbie's lone MWC loss was at NM, and I remember the last time Utah was in the top 10 and visited UNM and came out with a loss. I'm glad Utah is coming off the bye week. Whit has a good track record with extra time to prepare. The mantra remains the same: One game at a time.

  • Utah Fanatic
    Oct. 18, 2008 9:48 p.m.

    FAN is short for Fanatic... and there are sure a lot of fanatics out there for every college team. No amount of logic or reason (regardless of recent evidence) is going to make BYU fans believe Utah is better. So let's just bask in the success of our beloved Utes and hope they don't get over confident like the team down south and prepare properly for the tough games ahead... UNM, TCU and BYU are all capable of tripping up the Utes if they don't bring their A game... but they sure brought it today!!! Go Utes!!!

  • Re: Utah fans quit boasting...
    Oct. 18, 2008 9:25 p.m.

    I'll tell you what. You BYU fans keep the past two years. We'll stick to our undefeated record THIS YEAR, and remain BCS hopeful.

  • Matt
    Oct. 18, 2008 9:24 p.m.

    The quit boasting utah fans post is in relation to those utah fans running their mouths about how they are going to crush tcu and byu. And those who are idiotic enough to celebrate the byu loss, utah would of had the opportunity to possibly play an undefeated top 5 byu team had byu continued to win, therefore byu losing isnt exactly a good thing for utah. You can be happy all you want about beating CSU I have no problem with that you should be happy about that. But to those fans who think they can celebrate like they have won the MWC and talk trash about byu and tcu when they still have to play both teams is rediculous. Lets see how it plays out and see where the teams finish on nov 22nd.

  • Enjoy it
    Oct. 18, 2008 9:10 p.m.

    Utah goes to UNM, where they struggle a lot.

    Then get TCU. It could be 2 losses in a row, then we'll see who is crying on here.

  • Eating some crow for now...
    Oct. 18, 2008 8:19 p.m.

    I have been a pretty hard critic of Ludwig and somewhat of Johnson this year. Today was the type of play and play calling (for the most part) that most Ute fans have come to expect of such a talented team. Hopefully you keep it up because things will be very tough from here on out.
    To bad TDS didn't hold up their end for a dream season ending (With Utes not giving this one away).
    Great job today!

  • Matt
    Oct. 18, 2008 8:18 p.m.

    @ Utah fans quit boasting:

    So what you are saying is that Utah fans shouldn't be happy or talk about any win unless it is against TCU and/or BYU? I don't have the energy to break down just how idiotic that comment was. Please, go back to your sulking and hope that BYU prepares itself well for UNLV. I heard they're putting a WR at QB this week. We know what that means for BYU.

  • Awesome sign
    Oct. 18, 2008 7:59 p.m.

    The cameras showed a great sign at the end of the game today: "Hey Cougs, this is what 8-0 looks like!" To paraphrase Hot Rod, Ya gotta love it baby!! GO UTES!!

  • Nate
    Oct. 18, 2008 7:54 p.m.

    Great to see the offense get going. Congratulations to Ludwig and the offensive players for a well called and well played game.

    Hopefully New Mexico's 70 point performance will hold the Utes attention through the bye week. So far this team has done a good job of taking it one game at a time.

    Go Utes!

  • Utah fans quit boasting
    Oct. 18, 2008 7:32 p.m.

    You still have to play TCU who right now looks like the best team in the MWC. And you still have to play byu who has need I remind you, beaten you the last two times you have played. So unless you win those games you have no reason to be celebrating or boasting about anything

  • Texan Ute Fan
    Oct. 18, 2008 7:24 p.m.

    Luckily the fans aren't the ones who play the game. And you haven't been to the espn blogs if you think these fans are the most ridiculous, ignorant, etc... And no one cares what you think negative nelly. And unless you know Brian Johnson personally (which I doubt), shhhut it. But I agree with part of your last sentence, if the Utes work their tails off to get to a BCS bowl, I hope they DO end up with a great SEC or BIG 12 opponent because, I suspect,that they'll be ready :)

  • merrill
    Oct. 18, 2008 7:22 p.m.

    It seems to be best for the conference and state that Utah go all the way undefeated, since BYU can't do that now.

  • Utah man in MO
    Oct. 18, 2008 7:15 p.m.

    It was a nice game today. They were balanced on both sides of the ball. I think that Paul Kruger has been having a great year. I love seeing that goose-egg in the losses column. Keep up the hard work utes!

    I am a Utah man I am!

  • Clear and Consistent
    Oct. 18, 2008 7:10 p.m.

    Utah's focus from the coaches to the players has been clear and consistent from the beginning; win the conference. This is important only because the UTES cannot control the BCS they are responsible only for their performance at each game. Utah fans seem to driving their expectations up and unmet expectations results in a lot of unhappiness just ask BYU.

    Regardless of how this season turns out, the goal has always been to win the conference...a clear and consistent message.

    That said - GO ALL THE WAY UTAH!!

  • U of U Alum
    Oct. 18, 2008 7:03 p.m.

    If Utah fans are not worried about the passing attacks of TCU and BYU, then they are in a big letdown. Utah's secondary has not shown the ability to cover anybody. The offensive play calling was noticeably better today, but the DB's are the Utes achilles heel.
    To Smith, Dale,McCane and company, here's a hint: When the receiver turns his head to find the ball, so should you.

  • Re: BigCoug
    Oct. 18, 2008 6:59 p.m.

    That's first class. Thanks.

  • Re Go Utes
    Oct. 18, 2008 6:59 p.m.

    I'm a Utah fan too, as I think most people on this board here are, but the comment you just posted made us all look dumb. Think before you post please

  • I hate both fan bases
    Oct. 18, 2008 6:55 p.m.

    I honestly think that both BYU and Utah fans are some of the most ridiculous, ignorant and arrogant fans in college football. I also think that both teams are incredibly overrated this year. Brian Johnson is a headcase and will cost them a game somewhere along the road. And if Utah does run the table to a BCS bowl, I hope they get matched against someone from the SEC so that they can see what happens when you have to play a real team in a BCS game.

  • Re: Prediction
    Oct. 18, 2008 6:37 p.m.

    If there is anyone on the planet who knows what it means to crash and burn...that would be the BYU fan base!

  • Ute fan in OH
    Oct. 18, 2008 6:11 p.m.

    Nice win for the Utes. However, the team needs to play with more discipline if they are to beat TCU and the team to the south. 8 penalties for 80 yards is way too much.

    Oct. 18, 2008 6:07 p.m.


  • Re: ludwig missing
    Oct. 18, 2008 5:59 p.m.

    Don't mistake creativity for execution or inferiority. The playcalling was basically the same,(gimmicky as usual, with the exception of some deep throws), however, whether it was Utah's improved execution or Colorado St. is just that bad, Utah looked much better today.

  • Re: realistic
    Oct. 18, 2008 5:57 p.m.

    BYU posers (I mean posters)usually give 3 points for home field. So using BYU logic, give TCU 3 points, plus their 6 point win, and Utah should win 49-25.

    Of course I'm not a BYU fan, so I won't use that logic and recognize that TCU v. Utah will be a very tough game. One the Utes could lose... but if Utes get past NM on the road, they should be favored over TCU by a few points.

    Ute fans will cheer and hope and be confident and optimistic but will not spout the prideful comments that we've seen by some.

  • BigCoug
    Oct. 18, 2008 5:56 p.m.

    Congratulations, Utes. You did very well today. It is time for me to acknowledge that you truly have the better team and that the Quest for Perfection now belongs to you. Best of luck!

  • re: Prediction
    Oct. 18, 2008 5:51 p.m.

    "Pride," per the dictionary, is a term used for a group of large felines such as lions or (ahem) cougars. The term does not apply to Utes, who take things one battle at a time and hope for the best!

  • Pup
    Oct. 18, 2008 5:46 p.m.

    Byu will not beat Utah and neither will TCU. BYU will also lose to Colorado,and whatever team you play in a bowl. Watch and see.

  • New Mexico
    Oct. 18, 2008 5:44 p.m.

    I still worry about New Mexico, that road trip has got us in the past and they are a good football team, so quit worrying about TCU and BYU lets worry about New Mexico

  • Maggie
    Oct. 18, 2008 5:34 p.m.

    I absolutely love this team! What a gutsy bunch! Congratulations to Kyle Whittingham and his Utes!

  • Re; I love it
    Oct. 18, 2008 5:33 p.m.

    Give me a break you barely won both of those games and you were supposed to beat us by much more. Besides the past is the past unless you want me to bring up the 20 games the U still has over the Y (ouch). Who is 8-0 (U of U) and who's not (BYU another ouch).

  • Great win
    Oct. 18, 2008 5:33 p.m.

    What else can be said? The Utes are the first college football team to hit 8-0 and currently have the longest winning streak in the NCAA. They've won 16 of their last 17, and seem to have hit their stride. BJ looked fantastic today. With BJ as the QB, his win/loss percentage is quite remarkable.

    As witnessed today, this team has some serious speed. The CSU coach said after the game that this team has just as much team speed, if not more, than TCU.

    The team down south is still a good team, and nobody will look past them - but if Utah can exploit their huge speed advantage, I think they're capable of handling them the way that the Frogs did.

    Go Utes!!

  • Re: TCU will Kick
    Oct. 18, 2008 5:31 p.m.

    One thing all of those winning streak ending victories had in common........they were all in Ft. Worth. Utah will have a bye week before the stretch. Time to rest up and prepare.

    TCU will play at UNLV, who can be tough at home.
    If you beat them you will travel home to prepare for a short week roady at altitude in SLC.

    I like Utah rested at home, on a short week to win. I think the teams are pretty evenly matched. TCU's defense plays a little stronger especially at home. Utah's offense is a little stronger. TCU dosen't hate Utah the way they hate BYU less emotion.

    A valuation of the above leads me to declare:

    Utes 27
    Toads 21

    Why does everybody keep referring to the AP poll.
    It counts for nothing.

    The first BCS poll will be out tomorrow.

    Utah was 9 last week and should move up with losses by BYU, and probably MIZZOU. They could be 7-8.

    Cougars will be lucky to stay in the BCS top 20, as their computer ranking is so low coupled with their percieved drop in the human rankings.

    Utah needs to blow teams out to keep BSU at bay.

  • Re: I love it
    Oct. 18, 2008 5:31 p.m.

    I remember the last two meetings with the cougs. The cougs were heavily favored and it took a last minute miracle for them to defeat the Utes.


  • let's be careful
    Oct. 18, 2008 5:26 p.m.

    Let's not be arrogant, boastful and obnoxious like the BYU fans - I hope we can keep our composure, no trash talk and let the Ute's athleticism on the field speak for itself - GO UTES!!

  • GO UTES!!!
    Oct. 18, 2008 5:23 p.m.

    o you silly BYU fans, Coach W of the Utes will not be getting over-confident, dont you worry. i can see you are bitter about your THIRTY TWO to SEVEN loss to TCU who only beat CSU by 6... but just keep talking and im sure the UTES will keep preparing! see ya Nov 22 :)

  • Anonymous
    Oct. 18, 2008 5:20 p.m.

    Give it up for Coach Ludwig. Great game. This team has a scary amount of offensive weapons.

  • realistic
    Oct. 18, 2008 5:11 p.m.

    Utah had CSU at home. TCU played them in Fort Collins. You can't hardly compare the two can you?

  • Prediction
    Oct. 18, 2008 5:04 p.m.

    Utah will lose 3 of the last 4 game of the regular season. The pride is ripe for all you utah fans. Crash and burn!

    Oct. 18, 2008 5:03 p.m.

    I am a cougar first, but the class and power I saw today out of Utah might force me to put on the Utah jersey I have been hiding since I wore it to the Fiesta Bowl in '04.

  • Re: Ernest T. Bass
    Oct. 18, 2008 5:01 p.m.

    I am pretty sure that TCU showed they are a better one-loss team then BYU, not to mention Florida and USC

  • I love it.
    Oct. 18, 2008 5:00 p.m.

    I love that utah fans start chirrping now. Do you guys remember the last two meetings with the cougs. Talk is cheap so keep it up while you can. The only reason you talk now is cause you know its coming to an end nov 22.

  • Laguna Niguel Ute
    Oct. 18, 2008 4:51 p.m.

    Great game team. Our boys played well on both sides of the ball. Keep it up fans, but do not let one game go to our heads and start talking like BYU fans. We have some very good teams to play before the party is over and that includes New Mexico. One game at a time. We can still be beat. Be humble.

  • ludwig missing
    Oct. 18, 2008 4:27 p.m.

    Was ludwig out sick today? It seemed like someone with more imagination was making the offensive play calls.

  • Ute fan in WA
    Oct. 18, 2008 4:22 p.m.

    Great win, Utes.

    Anyone see the Boise St-Hawaii game? All those signs dissing BYU and a couple knocks on the Utes.

    Boise State, either team would BLOW YOU AWAY! You beat Hawaii because they couldn't hang on to the ball. And Hawaii is not the team they were last year and surely not as good as the U or the Y.

    If Byu beats the Utes on Nov 22 and Boise gets the BCS bid with their patsy schedule, that would be a real shame.

  • On Your Mind
    Oct. 18, 2008 4:22 p.m.

    The Utes looked great today. They had balance on both sides of the ball. The offense got the ball to a lot of different players and the took it to CSU. If I were a Kewgar fan I would be very nervous for the game on Nov 22.

  • Utes
    Oct. 18, 2008 4:22 p.m.

    You looked great today! Keep it up!

  • re coug fan
    Oct. 18, 2008 4:19 p.m.

    More exciting then anticipated. Your right!!! It could be like '04 instead of the last two years!

  • TCU will kick
    Oct. 18, 2008 4:18 p.m.

    TCU has the schedule that favors them. Two easy games against Cowboys and UNLV. Great warm up for Utah. Remember all the long winning streaks have been broken at TCU. 2005 Utah lost to TCU to end long winning streak, 2006 TCU lost to BYU to end a long winning streak, 2008 TCU beat BYU to end a long winning streak.

    In the past 3 years the winner of the BYU TCU game wins the conference. Looks no different this year. TCU can put all it effort to Utah.

    The BYE wee will hurt Utah. Watch and see. Too bad utes.

  • Ernest T. Bass
    Oct. 18, 2008 4:17 p.m.

    Byu is the best one-loss team in the country.

    Oct. 18, 2008 4:13 p.m.

    They're halfway home zoooooooobs.

    you guys are pathetic. (zoobs)

  • Anonymous
    Oct. 18, 2008 4:12 p.m.

    Let's see: a better Win-Loss record, against a stronger strength of schedule.

    I am pretty sure that nails it! I expect all BYU fans to disappear until November.

    Thanks in advance. ;)

  • Nov. 22nd? bring it.
    Oct. 18, 2008 4:11 p.m.

    Now that the byzoobs lost all they can talk about is Nov. 22nd... what happens when we beat you then?? GO UTES!! obviously they can't be stopped.

  • True Blue BYU Fan
    Oct. 18, 2008 4:09 p.m.

    Congratulations Utah. I'm excited you're undefeated and hope you remain that way til Nov 22. I'd much rather beat an undefeated Utah team than a 1 or 2 loss Utah team. Keep it up.

    To the Utah fans that chided BYU fans for being arrogant and too boastful, you need to read some of your own Utah fan blogs. Arrogance and boastfulness doesn't just reside in BYU fans.

    To my fellow BYU fans, let Utah gloat in their accomplishments. Their team is doing very well on the field. They should be pleased with their performance. It makes Nov 22nd all the more in exciting.

    Congrats Utah. Goooooo Cougs !!!!

  • Washington Ute
    Oct. 18, 2008 4:08 p.m.

    Good job Utes!

    I was following the game online during the first quarter and then got to go to my daughter's soccer game. It is a beautiful autumn day here in Vancouver, Washington. The Heartbreakers '96 won 3-0 and I was excited to see the final Utah score just now when we got home.

    I'll again be wearing my red tie at church tomorrow - eigth time this year!

  • I am a hypocrite
    Oct. 18, 2008 4:08 p.m.

    I have to admit.
    At first, I want BYU to be 11-0 for 11/22.
    But since Thursday night, I've been so happy.
    Then, seeing Utah offense playing well today...I am just over joyed.
    God please forgive me for being so happy while there are cougar fans that are not as happy.
    I feel so sinful.

  • Anonymous
    Oct. 18, 2008 4:06 p.m.

    i dont understand why nobody cares what the qwest really is?? the qwest is still on!!

  • Hahaha
    Oct. 18, 2008 3:57 p.m.

    I can laugh.
    But the Utah team will not laugh and be over confident.
    Quest for perfect ending to the regular season:

    Utah 12-0 (3 letter word: BCS)
    TCU 10-2
    BYU 10-2

  • time to defend the top 10
    Oct. 18, 2008 3:56 p.m.

    Utah you have 4 or 5 weeks to defend the top 10. Can we do it?


    Good to see all the cougs being nice. Too bad for you.

  • everything is different
    Oct. 18, 2008 3:54 p.m.

    Utah can not look at last weeks game with TCU. TCU was overlooking CSU in preparation for BYU. We need to be ready for the next 2 games. It is a bummer that we have a bye next week. Hopefully this will not hurt us for the next couple of games. We have had a favorable schedule this year. OSU, BYU, TCU at home. These are the 3 toughest teams.

    Three out of the next four games will be the toughest part of Utah's schedule. We can not over look BYU. Remember what happened last year after Tulsa game. Everyone said they were exposed. Following that game BYU went on a 16 game winning streak.

  • coug fan
    Oct. 18, 2008 3:47 p.m.

    okay okay this game was really well played and showed that the november 22 is going to be more exciting than previously anticipated

  • great game
    Oct. 18, 2008 3:44 p.m.

    from a cougar fan. This was a very well played game. Utah deserves to be in the top 10.

    Hopefully they can keep it together until Nov.22

  • Ute Fan
    Oct. 18, 2008 3:44 p.m.

    This has shaped up to be a pretty good week. BYU chokes big time in the conference, and we lengthen our stride. Finally put together a good game from start to finish.
    Take this week to focus on the tasks ahead. It's time for the real push. We're in the perfect position now.
    Thanks BYU for keeping out seat warm in the TOP TEN!

  • re: ute fan in ms
    Oct. 18, 2008 3:43 p.m.

    well.. taking all things into consideration


    but thanks for askin buddy

  • Dave
    Oct. 18, 2008 3:43 p.m.

    Great game today by the UTES!! That was probably the most complete game on both sides of the ball all season.

    Looks like we're peaking at just the right time.

    GO UTES!!!

  • Mark in Peoria
    Oct. 18, 2008 3:43 p.m.

    I rely on Kall 700 online for the games. I hoping next time that will be fixed. I had to rely on the gamecast.

    Anyway, great game Utes. Time for a well deserved rest!

    Oh, and check out Michigan v Penn St. It's a double whammy. If Penn State ends up losing (still a big if) then it bolster's Utah's schedule AND makes Utah and Texas Tech the only 9 game winning streaks!

  • Ranking?
    Oct. 18, 2008 3:43 p.m.

    Utes should move up to #11 in tomorrow's polls, while BYU will drop to #19.

  • go utes
    Oct. 18, 2008 3:42 p.m.

    you are so rockin i cant wait until the byu game when you show them just like you did the last two years in a row! yeah... go... uh..... utes?

  • Ute fan in MS
    Oct. 18, 2008 3:40 p.m.

    Are any of you Cougar fans watching Michigan beat #3 Penn State, yes it's only in the third quarter, it is the same team Utah beat. Are you getting worried yet?

  • Utes fan
    Oct. 18, 2008 3:34 p.m.

    Let's go utes beat tcu and byu and your on your way to a bcs game!!!

  • Dominant....
    Oct. 18, 2008 3:32 p.m.

    performance. 13-7, tcu last week versus csu. We'll be undefeated come season's-end and play in a BCS bowl-game as a top-ten team. Go UTES!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Utah is so much better than BYU
    Oct. 18, 2008 3:32 p.m.

    isn't is clear now?

  • oooh pick me pick me
    Oct. 18, 2008 3:30 p.m.

    not worried at all

    bring it

    go cougs woot

  • kall 700
    Oct. 18, 2008 3:30 p.m.

    thier web site and audio tool was down the whole time. GET IT FIXED KALL!

  • sob
    Oct. 18, 2008 3:25 p.m.

    great game

    you can pick up a web cast with graphics and stats and play by play at cbs.com or thru the uofu web site with a link to the cbs site.

  • Ute fan in MS
    Oct. 18, 2008 3:23 p.m.

    Nice win, didn't this team play TCU really close, unlike BYU. Are there any Cougar fans that aren't worried? I didn't think so. Go UTES !

  • TCU
    Oct. 18, 2008 3:22 p.m.

    had troubles with CSU defense last week.

    Hopefully, this is a sign that Utah offense finally can play consistently now.

  • RE: SoCalUtahFan
    Oct. 18, 2008 3:14 p.m.

    Live it up SoCal dude, your beloved team will fail hard against BYU! And yes we have witness several 8-0 starts by BYU, one that lead to a National Championship. But you probably forgot that one too.

    A BYU fan who hates utah!

  • 8-0
    Oct. 18, 2008 2:51 p.m.

    That does sound good, doesn't it, BYU fans?
    Oops, I forgot you would not know.


  • MWC
    Oct. 18, 2008 2:50 p.m.

    Do you think other schools in the top 25 have a hard time not only watching their schools play on TV, but listening to them on the radio. I love the Utah football, but this is pathetic.

  • Re: Kall 700
    Oct. 18, 2008 2:38 p.m.

    So it's not just me!! Whew. No idea what the deal is, but I wish they'd get it working. No TV and No radio? gah.

  • justjoe
    Oct. 18, 2008 2:37 p.m.


  • Kall 700
    Oct. 18, 2008 2:36 p.m.

    Of course I can't watch the game, so I'm trying to listen online. Anyone know what's up with Kall 700 online?

  • lunalupa
    Oct. 18, 2008 2:24 p.m.

    Go UTAH!!!!!
    (Thanks for the updates Desnews!)

  • utah
    Oct. 18, 2008 2:05 p.m.

    Let's go UNIVERSITY!!!!!